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"No one knows what's going on in someone else's mind and life would be intolerable if we did," murmurs Paul to his wife soothingly. Paul knows what he's talking about. He's a therapist and bereavement counsellor and, apparently, a loving father, currently a little preoccupied, like his wife, by his daughter's recurrent nightmares. In fact, the two of them are in her bed, the little girl having been resettled in the parental room after waking up screaming.

Mystery over big-screen return of 'The X-Files'

The X-Files, the cult 1990s television show that made conspiracy theories respectable and gave serious consideration to the influence of aliens on planet Earth, is to make a comeback.

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The X Files

Film: The X files

One of the problems facing director Rob Bowman in bringing this week's big release, The X Files Fight the Future, to the silver screen for the first time was treading the fine line between entertaining traditional summer film audiences and keeping fans of the cult TV series happy. Devotees can look forward to the return of "cigarette-smoking man" and expect further revelations about the role of the shadowy syndicate and the sinister "Black Oil" and can find out if Mulder and Scully (right) finally get together. First-time viewers have been warned.

Pseudo-science, total fiction

`The X-Files' demonstrates the continuing public fondness for the oddball, the obscure and the occult

Film: The Big Picture: It's the end of the world (again)


Who are you calling greedy? I'm a recovering food addict

On the rise in addiction

Why are they famous? Tea Leoni

Main Claim: Variously described as an "actress" or, even worse, a "sitcom star", Tea Leoni, 31, is not very well known - even though her name gives loads of opportunity for appalling headlines. But now Tea has been catapulted into fame's deep end as the wife of actor David "Agent Fox Mulder" Duchovny, 36, trophy-male star of the strange phenomena detective series The X-Files, after their marriage last Wednesday at a secret ceremony in New York.

In bed with Gillian

How I painted myself blue, turned into a mysterious space alien and made love to the world's sexiest woman - honest! Paul Wong, aka the Wongbot (below), relives the day he co-starred with Agent Scully of 'The X-Files'

The profit is out there for 'X-files' souvenirs

The press-pack, the X-Files poster and burger-bar memorabilia are tomorrow's antiques. Collectors have sent prices soaring for items most people would throw away, but devotees believe are outstanding examples of today's popular culture.

Arts: Putting the `um' into millennium

As `The X-Files' so relentlessly tell us, the truth is out there, banging on the door to the next century and pointing at the hand of God. John Lyttle takes a Manichean view of BSkyB's latest Zeitgeist-buster

TV Review: Dimbleby Lecture (BBC1)

Richard Dawkins' Dimbleby Lecture (BBC1) began with an arresting compliment. "You could give Aristotle a tutorial. And you could thrill him to the core of his being" he announced starkly, looking out at the viewer. All of us, he explained, are beneficiaries of the compound interest of scientific knowledge, a wealth undiminished by division and handed down to everyone (whether we deserve it or not). Nor was that the end of his commendations. Towards the close of his elegant plea for the incorporation of science into the general culture he reminded his listeners of the happy privilege of their birth: "We are the descendants of a tiny elite of successful ancestors... we are walking archives of survival skills, walking repositories of wisdom out of the old days". It was rather uplifting to be addressed like this, particularly if you had had a bad day, and particularly by an intellect so famously impatient with folly. But if any viewers went away from this lecture preening themselves on their innate superiority they had not really been listening. The text concealed within these attractive descriptions was simple: Don't Be So Dumb.
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